From graduate school paper to reality, the story of how Trinity Mountain Innovation's Squak Mountain Stone came to be is almost cliché these days. In January of 2003, while finishing up her Master’s degree, Aimee Quiriconi prepared an economics paper for one of her classes. The assignment, based on Michael Shuman’s book Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age, required the students to develop a product or service that would could benefit their local economy.  That is, find something in their community that is purchased from someone outside of that community and then develop a “substitute” for that item that could be made & sold within the local economy. This assignment turned into a business venture for Ms. Quiriconi and by the end of 2003, employing her knowledge in engineering, construction and research, she had developed a unique new product called Squak Mountain Stone.